Beggars Can’t Be Choosers.

Posted: April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized
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So I wouldn’t classify myself as a ‘beggar’, but I was reminded this week not to be a ‘chooser’. See I’ve been studying a little bit about Jesus’ interactions with broken people for a College Bible study I lead and that title could be shortened down to just Jesus’ interactions with people – because we’re all broken. Those who are really bad, whose sins are obvious, they’re broken. Those who look really good, whose sins are hidden, they’re broken. The fact of the matter is we are all sinners (Rom 3:23). And the world is broken because of sin. You’re broken. I’m broken. The people in jail are broken. And our pastors are broken. It’s just a fact. BUT Jesus offers redemption. He paid the price for our sin and brokenness and He is willing to welcome us home to Him! How amazing! 

So back to being choosey… well, my job is serving people. I clean houses. I set up volunteers to go help people. I recruit people to make food for other people. I meet up with people for coffee. These aren’t hard things, but it’s just the reality – my job is to serve people. And I love it. But sometimes I find it more natural to serve my ‘friends without houses’ or the people I come into contact with while working, than the people I come into contact with when I’m “off the clock”. But lets be real…as believers, we are never off the clock. God told us to love each other and a powerful way to do that is to serve. So this week when I got invited to go watch a basketball game with friends, it seemed like a fun, low key, no effort outing. But let’s be real, my life doesn’t include ‘boring, uneventful events’. So during the game I ended up getting recruited to help induce vomiting in the pet dog because it ate something it shouldn’t have. Well that was a first for me! We got out the turkey baster and the rest is history. Another item I can check off my life to-do list that I didn’t even know was on there! But the moral of the story is, let’s all be people who are willing to do what it takes to help the people around us. Be they someone you’ve never met or a good friend, because that’s what Jesus does for us.


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